|Issue No 76||03 November 2000|
Outsource or Perish Says Government
By Dermot Browne
The Federal Government has imposed a $7million penalty on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (AFFA) for failing to meet deadlines over the outsourcing of the department's IT network and corporate service functions according to the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).
The union claims documents being used in market-testing presentations to Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) staff confirm that government agencies face huge financial penalties for dragging their feet. AQIS are telling staff that the Government's policy of imposing financial penalties on agencies that fail to outsource is a key driver for their decision to market-test.
The documents also confirm that all AQIS functions are to be market-tested and possibly outsourced, a move that has alarmed industry bodies including the Cattle Council of Australia.
Matthew Reynolds, CPSU National President said, "Agencies have a gun at their head - outsource or face budget cuts. Either way, services suffer and the Australian community is worse off.
"Decisions about the outsourcing of government work should be based on a rational and practical consideration of the community's needs, not fear.
"We have seen the results of John Fahey's information technology outsourcing program - massive redundancy pay-outs and promised savings which never appear. Now we are seeing Australia's agricultural and livestock industries threatened by his ideological infatuation with market testing and outsourcing."
The CPSU is calling on the Government to reverse the process and guarantee that quarantine functions will not be outsourced.
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